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Expectations of a Woman

Whoa! Who would have thought a woman of leisure would be so busy from sun-up to sun-down? The expectation is to be all things to all people. Societal pressure has bested many a good woman. See below;

The Western Code for a Lady of Breeding

  1. A woman should contribute financially, in fact out-earning and out-spending the other ladies in her ‘league.’
  2. She is the purrrrfect wife 😉
  3. She is active. She sews, gardens, jogs, practices yoga, holds a craft tables at all the local shows, and definitely knows how to make play-dough.
  4. Her children are well behaved; well versed in arts and crafts, sports, scholastics, and sculpting play-dough.
  5. She runs a pristine household of sparkling cleanliness, décor, and gourmet cuisine. The carpet is, above all things, play-dough-free.
  6. 5’10” and 110 lb, clear skin impeccably dusted with makeup, either a sleek bob or a bouncy blowout, and rhinestone-studded boots.
  7. She competes at various competitions at the national level.
  8. Her well-used library includes the Scriptures, National Geographic, Business Week, and Shakespeare.
  9. She leads a class in church, organizes a monthly field trip for school, and hosts a weekly prayer meeting.
  10. She is educated; her Ph.D is just one milestone of many.

Did I already say “whoa!?” Sometimes Inadequacy raises its ugly head to sneer at my unbotoxed lips; or the dishes in my sink; or the play-dough on my carpet. And I want to cringe, wondering if it is all worth the hassle.

But then my precious children arise and call me blessed; my husband also, and he praises me:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:28-29)

And with these words from my beloved family a steel-toe boot crushes the ugly monster of Inadequacy; and it dies a painful death amid flashbacks of an evil serpent in a beautiful garden.


About westernwoman

"To find adventure where it exists, and create it where it does not." This applies to the love relationship with Jesus, stewardship of finances, family, and decluttering the home! Rejoice in the day-to-day. My purpose is to empower women in their daily joys and challenges. My message to women everywhere is, "Smell the flowers and drink your coffee." Cheers, Western Woman

3 responses »

  1. 🙂 I am excited to read each new post!

  2. I think this is your best post yet! You are a real wordsmith. This is really good.


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